New plaza: Named for Harvey Milk, dedicated to all
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DETAILS

LocationSan Francisco, California, United States
ClientThe Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza
Size17,000 sf

Harvey Milk Plaza is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro Neighborhood, and hosts one of the city’s busiest transit hubs. The plaza has been the site of countless gatherings and protests, including a candlelight vigil the night of Harvey’s untimely death and the White Night riots, which were sparked by the leniency of the sentence handed down to his assassin. In an effort to properly memorialize Harvey Milk in San Francisco, the SWA design team is focused not only on honoring Harvey himself, but also on representing the movement he inspired and was part of, which continues today.

The design includes features dedicated to visibility and representation of the wide spectrum of people encompassed by the LGBTQ+ community. Public art and interactive elements celebrate LGBTQ+ culture and history while also promoting a call to action in support of social justice movements, making the Memorial at Harvey Milk Plaza a place where hope and action live on forever. With the opportunity to refresh Harvey Milk Plaza via this public-private partnership, we hope to express the triumphs and tragedies of the past while encouraging present and future generations to emulate a true pioneer in the realm of social justice.

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